I was at the beach recently and got to see a bunch of people swimming. Some can stay underwater for just a few seconds, and others can stay under for a long time…up to 90 seconds. But in the end, they all desperately need air and gasp for it when they take that first breath after being underwater.
In life, so many people are slowly asphyxiating…they are suffocating. Why? Because they are not spiritually “breathing.”
To pray is to breathe, and people are not praying, so they are spiritually dying…or maybe they have never really lived. Just like the body can’t do without oxygen, our spirit, our essence can’t do without prayer…without breathing in God.
Prayer is an opening of our hearts to God, who already dwells within us. Praying allows us further connection and understanding of the spiritual world….then our spiritual radar starts to get tuned and tweaked to God’s settings.
We then receive His communications without so much clutter and interference…life becomes easier and more fulfilling…we become more Christ-like as we know and follow Him more.
Today, hold your breath as long as you can. The urgency and powerful way you need air, that is how much you need God. Pray deeply, breathe easily…or pray shallow, choke fearfully. As usual, it’s your choice. What will you do?
Dear Father, I praise and honor You, my Lord. I know You have created and are creating everything. Even though I believe in You, at times I cannot breathe. I struggle for air like a swimmer that has gone too deep and now I am rushing to the surface for that gasp of air. Today ,I feel like I will not make it to the top. I am learning now that You are my only source of air, my constant source of air…of “life.” Infuse me with Your Holy Spirit, Lord, help me regularly dedicate time to breathe You more deeply into my heart. I pray this in the name the one who fully breathed you in constantly, Jesus Christ – and all God’s children say, AMEN!
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1 Corinthians 6:19
All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?